• Babysitting & Child Care Preparation

    Take care of the kids in your neighborhood when their parents can't be with them. Babysitting preparation courses from the American Red Cross can help you not only learn to watch over children while they're in your care, but it can help you build leadership and decision-making skills, choose age-appropriate activities, understand behaviors and give you the tools needed to help manage them, and more. Our best-in-class online and in-person training courses are developed and delivered by experts in the field – and can help you become a babysitter that families can rely on. Find a child care training course near you.

    Develop Core Babysitting and Child Care Skills

    In order to help you become a confident babysitter, our childcare preparation courses allow you to gain new babysitting skills and build on the skills you already have. By using interactive modules, real-world scenarios and traditional coursework, our classes will help you:

    • Provide care for infants and children
    • Learn basic first aid
    • Help children behave
    • Choose age-appropriate activities
    • Learn what to do in an emergency
    • Develop professionalism
    • Learn leadership skills
    • Build your business

    In addition to our babysitting preparation courses, we also offer the option to take our First Aid training and CPR/AED certification courses. Upon successful completion, these certificates are good for two years, and you can access refresher materials at any time during your certification period. This way, you'll not only have the training you need to become a better babysitter, but you'll also have the skills necessary for providing care during an emergency.

    Why Train With the Red Cross

    Red Cross CPR Training Saves Lives

    Reid Heiser, Life Saver
    One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

    Red Cross training matters
    For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

    "Without my friend's training, I would not be here"
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    "The first 7 minutes are critical"
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